It’s a good thing Tinker Bell found her voice, because she has become one of the most beloved heroines with the preschool set since Dora the Explorer. In the Disney classic Peter Pan film, Tinker Bell’s voice is just what the name implies: a tinkling bell. Yet DisneyToons Studios had the brilliant innovation to allow her to speak in a new film series that started with the animated Tinker Bell movie of 2008 starring Mae Whitman.
Toning down her characteristic petty jealousy and turning up her inventiveness, the filmmakers also made her brave and caring. At the same time they created a new group of fairy friends to complement Tinker Bell’s characteristics. Each friend has a different gift that helps guide nature through the seasons. Now with the release of the seventh Tinker Bell film — Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast — DisneyToons felt it was time for a different fairy to take center stage: Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin), the fairy with the gift for helping animals.
Like Tinker Bell, Fawn is adventurous, sometimes breaking the rules and taking dangerous risks to either satisfy her curiosity or to help a friend. Fawn’s secret is that she has been rescuing wounded animals in the woods and nursing them back to health. However, these animals are forbidden in Pixie Hollow, the fairies’ village, because they are predators. Yet Fawn forms a friendship with these creatures and trusts them, and they her. Before long she encounters a large beast who at first seems menacing because of his size and appearance. Yet she pulls a thorn from his paw anyway. It doesn’t take her long to discover that the beast is actually playful and friendly. She names him Gruff.
But what is the unique creature’s purpose? It turns out that he is part of a legend — the legend of the Neverbeast — that will have an important impact on Pixie Hollow. Can Fawn convince Tinker Bell and their other friends that Gruff deserves their trust?
Tinker Bell and the Never Beast is the first of the franchise that doesn’t feature Tinker Bell as the primary character completing a quest. Some might miss having her at the center of the action. It also focuses on an entirely different kind of story: a fairy’s relationship to her pet and to the animal world in general. But if you have ever loved a pet, you will enjoy this latest outing from DisneyToon Studios, and you may even shed a few tears.
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